Dec 28, 2000

Five-year, $3.2 Million Contract Secured by Southwest

Southwest Water Company announced that ECO Resources Inc., its contract
operations subsidiary, has been awarded a five-year, $3.2 million contract to
operate and maintain the water and wastewater utility systems for the Lamont
Public Utilities District. Located in West Covina, California, Southwest Water
company operates and manages water supply and wastewater treatment systems

The District serves 11,000 people and is located approximately 10 miles south of
Bakersfield, California. ECO Resources Inc. assumed operation of the District's
facilities on Feb. 1. The contract includes water production, water
distribution, sewage collection, sewage treatment, and customer billing and
collection services.

Some of the systems are owned by the company and are regulated public utilities,
while the remainder -- owned by cities, utility districts and private companies
-- are operated and managed under contract. More than three-quarters of a
million people depend on the company for high-quality water and wastewater

SOURCE: Business Wire